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Andre Johnson Deserving of No. 14 Spot on NFL Network’s Top 100

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Andre Johnson has been the Houston Texans‘ franchise player for 10 years now. It’s hard to believe he’s been in the league that long, but it’s a reality. Over that 10-year span Johnson has done nothing but produce for the Texans. He’s now racked up 11,254 receiving yards and 56 touchdowns in his career, and after another solid campaign in 2012, Johnson landed back in the top-15 of the NFL Network’s Top 100 players of 2013. This year the wide receiver came in at No. 14.

This is one ranking that the players got right. Johnson’s no longer a top-10 talent at nearly 32-years of age, but he’s still right up there with the game’s best pass-catchers. According to the players, Johnson is still the second best receiver in the NFL. That point is arguable, but regardless of where you have him in your rankings, I think we can all agree he’s in the top-5.

The one thing that jumped out at me as I was analyzing Johnson’s career numbers, was the fact the he’s never hit double-digits in touchdown receptions in a single season. He scored nine times back in 2009, but he only has six touchdowns over the last two years combined. If there’s a hole in the receiver’s Canton resume, that would be it.

Regardless of his touchdown numbers, Johnson is still one of the best at what he does in the world. He’s been a crucial part of the Texans’ offense nearly its entire existence, and now it’s all about bringing the franchise its first Lombardi trophy.

 

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